Courses are led by Wolodymyr (Wolly) Barabash,
MEd (U of C), BEng (Electrical), BSc (Psychology), EET (NAIT), Alberta Childcare Supervisor Certificate 750932.
Wolly is married to Julia and has a son, Michael, Michael attends all camps and nearly all classes as an assistant or participant.
Wolly has extensive experience with programming, electronics, computers and robotics with about 20 years experience as a professor and instructor of electronics, microcontroller programming and computer architecture. Wolly has worked and lectured in colleges in Alaska, B.C., Ontario and Qatar. The list of colleges includes: University of Alaska Anchorage, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Humber College, RCC Technical Institute, and College of the North Atlantic Qatar.
At this time all Brickineers courses will be facilitated personally by Wolly, who instills a love for lifelong learning in all his students. We are all aware that lifelong learning is a mandatory requirement of modern and future economies, and as parents we struggle against the rigidity of modern education which may prevent our children from loving the act of learning. The love of lifelong learning also has other other benefits which should not be secondary to workplace learning. Wolly’s extensive education and experience allows him to guide children towards learning strategies that they will cherish and will help them exceed the demands of future college, university and workplace learning requirements. The link between playing, learning, working and teamwork that encourages love of learning is central to the basic philosophy of the Brickineers program, thus the motto: “Playwork, Learnwork and Teamwork“.
Brickineers™ provides opportunities for children to play, learn and grow together in a framework of tasks and activities that stimulate mental and physical faculties.
Zoobot Camps started this year and were a great hit. Children built and programmed animatronics inside zoo areas which were put together to form a complete zoo.
Co-operative community based learning is emphasized through tutorship, mentorship, collaboration and mutual respect.
SpacePort camp this year was very complex, with a train system that was about 100 feet or 30 meters long!
Brickineers™ values lifelong learning.
This year we had a fabulous class that was unrestricted in the kinds of machines that young learners could build. Parents jumped in to help and it was great to see that learning is indeed ‘lifelong’.
A Lego Boost class has been added this year as a bridge between Lego Education Wedo robotics and the VEX IQ Superkit system!